A series to encourage making one small change to preserve our planet. “Does anyone have a plastic bag full of plastic bags in their house, or is it just me?” ~ Minions Quote
I think the first conscious change I made to stop single use plastic was taking reusable cloth grocery bags to the market. I remember feeling a little weird because at the time it wasn’t a common practice. The store checkout staff looked at me like, “What am I supposed to do with these?” Change can be hard, not only for the habit forming, but the sometimes difficult path of doing things differently.
For me, change is made easier when I can attach something personal to it. You see those little hands in the image above? That’s why I do what I do. I want my children to be left with a beautiful planet. It’s reason enough for me to shrug off the stares and awkward conversations and fill my jars in the bulk aisle and place my groceries in my cloth bags.
That said, swapping plastic for cloth produce bags is not a hard change to make. Reusable produce bags are easily found on Etsy or Amazon. I bought mine from ECOBAGS. With some basic sewing skills you could make your own. You can even do without. In fact, it’s rare I even use a produce bag. I just pile the fruits and vegetables into the cart loose. Plastic pollution and the toxic impact it has on humans, animals, the ocean, and the environment is a serious issue. If you want to learn more about the problems with plastic and solutions for change, I highly recommend you checkout the resource page on Life Without Plastic. Stopping the use of plastic produce bags is a good starting place for eliminating single use plastic. Have you made the swap?